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David Busch’s Canon EOS Rebel T6s/T6i/760D/750D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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David Busch’s Canon EOS Rebel T6s/T6i/760D/750D Guide to Digital SLR Photography is your all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the Canon EOS Rebel T6s/T6i cameras. These advanced 24-megapixel Canon models both feature upgraded autofocus and exposure systems, with more than twice as many focus points as previous Rebel models, and high-resolution 7560-pixel exposure metering. Hybrid autofocus brings lightning-fast phase detect AF to live view and high-definition movie modes, too.

The T6s/T6i/760D/750D are the first Rebels to include built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity to link your camera to a computer and iOS or Android smart devices. With this book in hand, you can explore the world of digital photography, boost your creativity, and take great photographs with your Rebel T6s or T6i.

Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch’s Canon EOS Rebel T6s/T6i/760D/750D Guide to Digital SLR Photography covers all the camera’s features in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy Rebel T6s/T6i/760D/750D “roadmap,” an easy-to-use visual guide to the camera’s features and controls. Learn when to use each option and, more importantly, when not to use them, by following the author’s recommended settings for every menu entry. With best-selling photographer and mentor David Busch as your guide, you’ll quickly have full creative mastery of your camera’s capabilities, whether you’re shooting on the job, taking pictures as an advanced enthusiast, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge and confidence, while bringing your vision to light with the Canon EOS Rebel T6s/T6i/760D/750D today.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. About the Author
  7. Contents
  8. Preface
  9. Introduction
  10. Chapter 1 Thinking Outside of the Box
    1. First Things First
    2. Initial Setup
      1. Battery Included
        1. Power Options
        2. Charging the Battery
      2. Final Steps
        1. Mounting the Lens
        2. Adjusting Diopter Correction
        3. Inserting a Secure Digital Memory Card
        4. Formatting a Memory Card
        5. Powering Up/Setting Date and Time
  11. Chapter 2 Quick Start
    1. Navigating the Menus
      1. Mastering the Touch Screen
    2. Selecting a Shooting Mode
    3. Choosing a Metering Mode
    4. Choosing a Focus Mode
    5. Selecting a Focus Point
    6. Other Settings
      1. Adjusting White Balance and ISO
      2. Using the Self-Timer
      3. Using the Built-in Flash
    7. Taking a Picture
    8. Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken
      1. Cruising Through Index Views
    9. Transferring Photos to Your Computer
    10. Shooting Tips
  12. Chapter 3 Your Rebel Roadmap
    1. Front View
    2. The Canon EOS Rebel T6s/T6i’s Business End
      1. Jumping Around
    3. Going Topside
    4. Underneath Your Rebel T6s/T6i
    5. Lens Components
    6. Shooting and Playback Information
      1. While You’re Shooting
        1. Through the Viewfinder
        2. On the LCD Panel (T6s Only)
        3. On the LCD Monitor
      2. Image Playback Displays
  13. Chapter 4 Nailing the Right Exposure
    1. Getting a Handle on Exposure
    2. How the Rebel T6s/T6i Calculates Exposure
      1. Correctly Exposed
      2. Overexposed
      3. Underexposed
    3. Choosing a Metering Method
    4. Choosing an Exposure Method
      1. Basic Zone Exposure Methods
      2. Aperture-Priority
      3. Shutter-Priority
      4. Program Mode
      5. Manual Exposure
    5. Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings
      1. Dealing with Visual Noise
    6. Making EV Changes
      1. Fast EV Changes
      2. Slower EV Changes
    7. Bracketing
    8. Working with HDR
      1. HDR Backlight Control
    9. Bracketing and Merge to HDR
    10. Fixing Exposures with Histograms
      1. Tonal Range
      2. Histograms and Contrast
      3. Understanding Histograms
    11. Basic Zone Modes
      1. Making Changes in Basic Zone Modes
        1. Scene Intelligent Auto/Auto (No Flash)
        2. Creative Auto Mode
        3. Other Basic Zone Modes
  14. Chapter 5 Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus
    1. How Focus Works
      1. Contrast Detection
      2. Phase Detection
      3. Hybrid CMOS AF III
      4. Cross-Type Focus Point
    2. Focus Modes
      1. Adding Circles of Confusion
    3. Your Autofocus Mode Options
      1. One-Shot AF
      2. AI Servo AF
      3. AI Focus AF
      4. Manual Focus
    4. Selecting an AF-Area Selection Mode
      1. Selecting the Focus Point
        1. Focusing Using Color Cues
    5. Other AF Options
    6. Back-Button Focus
      1. Activating Back-Button Focus
  15. Chapter 6 Movies and Live View
    1. Working with Live View
      1. Live View Essentials
      2. Enabling Live View
      3. Activating Live View
      4. Quick Control
    2. Focusing in Live View
      1. Face Detection+Tracking Mode
      2. FlexiZone (Multi) Mode
      3. FlexiZone—Single AF Mode
        1. Manual Mode
    3. Using the Touch Shutter
    4. Shooting Movies
      1. Resolution and Frame Rates
        1. Recording Time and File Size
      2. Movie Settings
      3. Capturing Video/Sound
      4. Video Snapshots
      5. Shooting Miniature Effect Movies
      6. Shooting HDR Movies (T6s Only)
      7. Playback and Editing
    5. Tips for Shooting Better Movies
      1. Lens Craft
        1. Depth-of-Field and Video
        2. Zooming and Video
      2. Keeping Things Stable and on the Level
      3. Shooting Script
      4. Storyboards
      5. Storytelling in Video
      6. Composition
      7. Lighting for Video
        1. Illumination
        2. Creative Lighting
        3. Lighting Styles
      8. Audio
        1. Tips for Better Audio
        2. External Microphones
  16. Chapter 7 Advanced Shooting
    1. Continuous Shooting
    2. More Exposure Options
    3. A Tiny Slice of Time
      1. Working with Short Exposures
    4. Long Exposures
      1. Three Ways to Take Long Exposures
      2. Working with Long Exposures
    5. Delayed Exposures
      1. Self-Timer
      2. Time-Lapse/Interval Photography
    6. Geotagging and Wi-Fi
      1. Geotagging
      2. Using Built-in Wi-Fi
        1. General Wi-Fi Guidelines
        2. Transferring Images Between Cameras
        3. Connecting to a Smartphone
        4. Printing from a Wi-Fi Printer
        5. Uploading to a Web Service
        6. Viewing Images on DLNA Devices
  17. Chapter 8 Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus
    1. Anatomy of the Rebel T6s/T6i’s Menus
    2. Shooting Menu Options
      1. Image Quality
        1. JPEG vs. RAW
      2. Beep
      3. Release Shutter without Card
      4. Image Review
      5. Lens Aberration Correction
        1. Peripheral Illumination Correction
        2. Chromatic Aberration
        3. Distortion
      6. Red-Eye Reduction
      7. Flash Control
        1. Flash Firing
        2. E-TTL II Metering
        3. Flash Sync in AV mode
        4. Built-in Flash Settings
        5. External Flash Function Setting
        6. External Flash Custom Function Setting
        7. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
      8. Exposure Compensation/Automatic Exposure Bracketing
      9. Auto Lighting Optimizer
      10. Custom White Balance
      11. White Balance Shift and Bracketing
      12. Color Space
      13. Picture Style
        1. Selecting Picture Styles
        2. Defining Picture Styles
        3. Adjusting Styles with the Picture Style Editor
        4. Uploading a Picture Style to the Camera
        5. Getting More Picture Styles
      14. Metering Mode
      15. Dust Delete Data
      16. ISO Auto
      17. Long Exposure Noise Reduction
      18. High ISO Speed Noise Reduction
      19. Aspect Ratio
      20. Anti-Flicker Shooting
    3. Live View Shooting Menu Options
      1. Live View Shooting
      2. AF Method
      3. Continuous AF
      4. Touch Shutter
      5. Grid Display
      6. Metering Timer
    4. Movie Shooting Menu Options
      1. AF Method
      2. Movie Servo AF
      3. AF with Shutter Button During Movie Shooting
      4. Grid Display
      5. Metering Timer
      6. Movie Recording Size
      7. Digital Zoom (T6s Only)
      8. Sound Recording
      9. Video Snapshot
    5. Playback Menu Options
      1. Protect Images
      2. Rotate Image
      3. Erase Images
      4. Print Order
        1. Direct Printing from the Camera
      5. Photobook Set-up
      6. Creative Filters
      7. Resize
      8. Cropping
      9. Rating
      10. Slide Show
      11. Image Jump with Main Dial
      12. AF Point Display
      13. Histogram Display
      14. Ctrl over HDMI
  18. Chapter 9 Customizing with the Set-up Menu and My Menu
    1. Set-up Menu Options
      1. Select Folder
      2. File Numbering
      3. Auto Rotate
      4. Format Card
      5. Wi-Fi/NFC
      6. Wi-Fi Function
      7. Eye-Fi Settings
      8. Auto Power Off
      9. LCD Brightness
      10. LCD Auto Off (T6s)
      11. LCD On/Off Button (T6i)
      12. Date/Time/Zone
      13. Language
      14. Viewfinder Display
      15. GPS Device Settings
      16. Screen Color
      17. Feature Guide
      18. Touch Control
      19. Battery Info
      20. Sensor Cleaning
      21. INFO. Button Display Options (T6s only)
      22. Video System
      23. Certification Logo Display
      24. Custom Functions (C.Fn)
        1. C.Fn-1: Size of Exposure Adjustments
        2. C.Fn-2: Whether ISO 25600 Is Available or Disabled
        3. C.Fn-3: Improving Detail in Highlights
        4. C.Fn-4: Activation of the Autofocus Assist Lamp
        5. C.Fn-5: Select AF Area Selection Method
        6. C.Fn-6: Use Colors to Recognize Skin Tones while Autofocusing in One-Shot Mode
        7. C.Fn-7: AF Point Display During Focus
        8. C.Fn-8: VF Display Illumination
        9. C.Fn-9: Whether It Is Possible to Lock Up the Viewing Mirror Prior to an Exposure
        10. C.Fn-10: What Happens When You Partially Depress the Shutter Release/Press the AE Lock Button
        11. C.Fn-11: Using the SET Button as a Function Key
        12. C.Fn-12: LCD Display When Power On
        13. C.Fn-13 (T6s): Multi Function Lock
        14. C.Fn-14 (T6s) / C.Fn-13 (T6i): Retract Lens on Power Off
      25. Copyright Information
        1. Entering Text
      26. Clear Settings
      27. Firmware Version
    2. My Menu
  19. Chapter 10 Working with Lenses
    1. But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor
    2. Your First Lens
      1. Buy Now, Expand Later
    3. What Lenses Can You Use?
      1. EF vs. EF-S
    4. Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup
    5. Your Second (and Third . . .) Lens
      1. What Lenses Can Do for You
      2. Zoom or Prime?
    6. Categories of Lenses
    7. Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems
    8. Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses
      1. Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems
      2. Telephotos and Bokeh
    9. Add-ons and Special Features
      1. Lens Hoods
      2. Telephoto Extenders
      3. Macro Focusing
      4. Image Stabilization
  20. Chapter 11 Working with Light
    1. Continuous Illumination versus Electronic Flash
    2. Continuous Lighting Basics
      1. Living with Color Temperature
      2. Daylight
      3. Incandescent/Tungsten Light
      4. Fluorescent Light/Other Light Sources
      5. Adjusting White Balance
    3. Electronic Flash Basics
      1. Fire When Ready!
      2. How Electronic Flash Works
        1. Ghost Images
        2. Avoiding Sync Speed Problems
      3. Determining Exposure
        1. Guide Numbers
    4. Getting Started with the Built-in Flash
      1. Basic Zone Flash
      2. Creative Zone Flash
      3. Flash Range
      4. Red-Eye Reduction and Autofocus Assist
        1. AF-Assist with Flash Disabled
        2. Enabling/Disabling AF-Assist
      5. Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation
    5. More on Flash Control Settings
      1. Flash Firing
      2. E-TTL II Metering
      3. Flash Sync in AV Mode
      4. Built-in Flash Settings
      5. Using Flash Mode
        1. E-TTL II
        2. Manual Flash
      6. External Flash Function Setting
        1. Learning about MULTI Flash
        2. High-Speed Sync
      7. External Flash Custom Function Setting
      8. Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting
    6. Using External Electronic Flash
      1. Speedlite 600EX-RT
      2. Speedlite 580EX II
      3. Speedlite 430EX III-RT/430EX III
      4. Speedlite 320EX
      5. Speedlite 270EX II
      6. Close-Up Lites
    7. More Advanced Lighting Techniques
      1. Diffusing and Softening the Light
  21. Chapter 12 Working with Wireless Flash
    1. Wireless Evolution
    2. Elements of Wireless Flash
      1. Flash Combinations
      2. Controlling Flash Units
      3. Why Use Wireless Flash?
      4. Key Wireless Concepts
      5. Which Flashes Can Be Operated Wirelessly?
    3. Getting Started
      1. Easy Wireless Flash Shooting
      2. Custom Wireless Flash Shooting
    4. Setting Up an External Master Flash or Controller
      1. Using a Speedlite or Transmitter as the Master in Optical Mode
        1. 600EX-RT
        2. 580EX II
        3. 580EX
      2. Using the ST-E2 Transmitter as Master
      3. Using the Speedlite 600EX-RT as Radio Master
      4. Using the Speedlite 430EX III-RT as Radio Master
      5. Using the ST-E3-RT as Radio Master
      6. Setting Up a Slave Flash
    5. More Wireless Options and Capabilities
      1. Internal/External Flash Ratio Setting
      2. Wireless Flash Only
      3. Using Wireless and Built-in Flash
    6. Working with Groups
      1. Ratio Control
      2. Choosing a Channel
    7. Flash Release Function
    8. Using Wireless Flash Creatively
    9. Single-Flash Unit Ideas
      1. Single-Flash Unit and Sunlight
      2. Single-Flash Unit with a Reflector
      3. Side Lighting for Effect
      4. Shooting Through Blinds
      5. Adding a Gel for a Special Effect
      6. Raising Your Flash Up High Via Monopod or Light Stand